Phoinix, the free Gameboy emulator for PalmOSby Bodo Wenzel
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Phoinix ['foiniks] is the greek word for date palm. It is also the name for the mystic bird which burns itself after 500 years and is reborn out of its ashes.
In this context Phoinix is the name of a Nintendo GameboyTM emulator for the Palm Computing® Platform. It was formerly known as PalmBoy (this link might be broken), but Palm Inc. claims the word "Palm" as a trademark.
This emulator is now kind of mature. I don't think that there will be any great development leaps coming, although some enhancements or corrections might be done.
Copyleft of the program
Copyright (c) 2000-2008 by Bodo Wenzel.
Copyleft of the documentation
Copyright (c) 2001-2012 Bodo Wenzel.
To get the emulation as fast as possible nearly no checks are made and the memory protection had to be switched off. This leads to a potentially very dangerous program - every single byte of your handheld's databases and programs in RAM can be overwritten! It's a very good idea to backup your databases before trying the emulator with new games until you gain confidence in the combination of emulator and emulated game.
You have access to all versions via the project summary page. If translated versions are older than the English or German versions, no translator made the update :-( You're welcome to jump in, see below!
Time after time some user asks whether s/he could help with translation into other languages, and you might be one. To help you I'm maintaining the archive "Translating Phoinix" (some ten KB). It should contain enough information to put you in the position to work, without being a programmer.
If you like to contribute a translation, fetch that archive, read the text, and then contact me. I can't emphasize this enough: PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU START A TRANSLATION!
If you find any links broken, please drop me a note. At best you have the correct link at hand!
Please use the links to on-line shops to choose some cookies. They will keep me working on this project ;-)
Some of my other computer interests are shown on my general homepage. You'll find software and hardware designs for different systems, old and new, rarely updated ;-)
You would like to visit Till's page of tools for Phoinix' precursor, PalmBoy. Probably some of them are useful for Phoinix, too.
Brian Krohn started a group at Yahoo which talks about emulation on PalmOS PDAs in general.
I recommend using X-Master for the Hacks.
For applying IPS patches, try "JIPS" at http://zerosoft.zophar.net, it's a Java application.
Here used to be a list of sites to visit for free Gameboy ROMs. Unfortunately they often come and go, and I don't have the time to keep the list up-to-date. Please ask your favourite web search engine. Don't ask me about commercial ROMs - it is futile!
First of all I have to thank Till Harbaum. Being one of my best friends, it's always a pleasure to discuss PalmOS problems - and not only those. Please visit his pages!
SourceForge is a free hosting service for Open Source developers which offers, among other things, a CVS repository, mailing lists, bug tracking, message forums, task management software, web site hosting, permanent file archival, full backups, and total web-based administration.
I have to thank Jeff Frohwein for collecting all sorts of software and documentation for the passioned Gameboy developer and giving it to the community. You'll find it at http://www.devrs.com/gb/...
The fine man who spent all his time for checking the playability of games is HJ.
The nice guy who made the cool morphing icon is Hendrik Lüttke.
The Phoinix ROM Converter for Windows is a Visual BASIC .NET application by Alex Henrie. You'll need the .NET Framework for it to run, which might be on your system already.
The Mac OS X converter frontend was made by David Williams.
The Tcl/Tk graphical frontend for the converter "gb2pdb" was written by Paul Chandler.
Although it's long ago, but now that the CRCs are exposed to users I have to mention "Starfire" who collected hundreds of CRCs. Thank you very much!
"Palm" is a registered trademark of Palm, Inc.
"Gameboy" is a registered trademark of Nintendo.
"Java" is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems.
"Windows" is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.